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King Room 1 ( King bed with a private bath, sitting area and private balcony)
Queen Room 2 (Queen bed with a private bath)
Queen Room 3 (Queen bed with a private bath)
Queen Room 4 (Queen bed with a private bath)
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Holiday Rental House -
4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

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Joy V
Muskegon, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place for a family stay!”
Reviewed May 19, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
5
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My brothers and I wanted to take mom to the island for her 80th birthday. This was an ideal place to stay. It had the 4 bedrooms we needed, a beautiful outside porch where we could sit and chat, aND a lovely kitchen with all the dishes and utensils we needed. The Jacob Wendell House is in a great location..a little away from downtown and all the bustle, but close enough to walk for shopping, dinner or excursioms. And best of all....rumor has it that Napoleon slept here!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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TriStateG...
Fairfield, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Perfect Family Getaway Location”
Reviewed October 16, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
5
people found this review helpful

Kristen, the Innkeeper, was great to work with from the planning stage to the day we left. She answered several questions for me as I planned the family getaway and made our group feel very welcome. The house is located just five doors away from St. Ann's Church at the edge of the business district. The ideal location. It was an easy walk to the restaurants and shops in town plus going the other direction to Mission Point. We had an 80 year old aunt with us, and she managed to walk it all except the trip up hill to the Grand Hotel. We took a horse taxi up to the Grand, but she walked down the hill to town. Each bedroom has its own bath which is a must for our group. Each bathroom was a little different, but that worked well for the 80 year old who took the one with the walk in shower. All of the beds were comfortable, so everyone reported a great nights sleep each night. Once we were in our bedrooms, we never heard anything from any of the other rooms. It must be the plaster walls...very quiet. Seven of us gathered comfortably in the spacious living room each night and in the full kitchen each morning. We were also able to take advantage of a warm afternoon on the porch. The house is very clean and well taken care of. We have a couple of picky, picky family members, and they were pleased with the house. We travelled from four different towns in three different states and wanted a location where we could put our comfy clothes on in the evening and sit together talking and laughing without bothering anyone else. This house was perfect.

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Liked best: Kristen, the Innkeeper
Liked least: We didn't have time to stay longer
Travelling group: Extended Family
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richjoy40...
Novi, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Strongest Recommendation -- You'll love it!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
7
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We've just returned from our second renting of the Jacob Wendell House for our annual siblings/spouses reunion.

The house is exactly as pictured, and sits behind an attractive black iron fence, about 60 feet back from the street, and has a nice front lawn. It rents as a B&B, or the entire house can be rented turnkey (as we did). The 8 of us rented the house for a most relaxing week.

There is something unique and very calming about sitting on the deck, or in the house, and hearing the clippity-clop of holves in the street. The lake can be viewed between the houses across the street, or via a short walk in either direction.

This historic house is well located, about 6 doors from old St. Anne's Church, and a 4 or 5 minute pleasant walk from the fort and the start of downtown at Dowd's Market, which extents for several blocks toward the Grand Hotel.

Understand that this is a very old house (1846), and not a Holiday Inn experience...it is much better than that. Each bedroom has a bath, and its own personality (the most different bedroom being the large master BR), and there are a few interesting quirks, like the very small powder room near the kitchen, where you will note the section of exposed original siding (planks measuring about 1 x 20 inches); and the butler's pantry, where tea is prepared. The kitchen is fully-equipted, and has a pleasant window sitting area (and many restaurants are within a short bike ride or 10-minutes walk). The dining room is large, and also serves as a game table. The living room is quite comfortable. The large deck with cushioned furniture is most inviting, and there is also a BBQ grill with umbrelled table/chairs for outdoor dining. The wi-fi is appreciated. There is a laundry behind the kitchen.

If you can, bring your own bikes, as they are rather expensive to rent on the island. We saved a lot by preparing most of our meals in the kitchen.

The innkeeper, Kristin, is the perfect combination of friendly, professional, and helpful.

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Liked best: location, whole house privacy, huge beautiful trees, absence of cars
Liked least: can't think of any!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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richjoy40...
Novi, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Take the whole house!”
Reviewed October 1, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
8
people found this review helpful

We are an extended family of 4 retired siblings and spouses who have an annual reunion of 5-7 days (adults only). This year, we chose the Jacob Wendell House on Mackinac Island.

Renting the entire home gave us a totally free an relaxing environment, complete with everything any home offers. I can't imagine any hotel (especially the Grand) offering so relaxing an environment as the house, especially as everyone had their own bedroom and bathroom. We enjoyed the porch, the living room, the kitchen and large dining room. Games were played nightly at the dinning room table. The house is about 3 blocks from town, and an easy and safe walk at any hour.

It is a very old house (1846), and like all old homes, it shows some age. I would have liked a bit more water pressure in the shower (BR#3), but I head no complaints about the house from any of the other 7 family members. [hmmm, come to think of it, I could have been writing about myself] All 4 BRs are upstairs, One is a large master w/small porch, others are small but comfortable.

If you go, do take bikes if you have them, or can borrow them. Bike riding is extremely popular and easy (almost no hills on the beautiful 8-mile coastal route), but they do not come with the house, and will cost your right (arm) to rent.

There are many forested and overlook walking trails that are well worth the modest effort required. Of course there are also horse-drawn tours covering about all one need see. The main historical attractions are the Grand Hotel and the fort. The town is very 'touristy', as one would expect (and of course, that's part of the fun in going). Do consider the buffet lunch ($40) at the Grand, it will allow you to explore the hotel, the famous 1,000 front porch, and the grounds. Persons not moving by foot or by bike are riding in a horse-drawn carrage (including taxi). The lake is a beautiful blue, and one can easily see Lake Huron's stoney bottom some distance out from the overlooks (the water is also a bit cold). The Great Lakes are the world's largest freshwater supply, an international boundry, and traveled by many large ships passing the closeby Straits of Mackinac leading to Lake Michigan.

Restaurants are very good, and prices are about what one would expect in a seasonal and remote location.

Yes, it really is an island, so 99% of those coming here take one of the frequent ferrys from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace (if you go to St. Ignace, you will travel over the famous Mackinaw Bridge ($3.50), and have a bit shorter ferry ride). The other 1% fly into the small airstrip.

Finally, the Jacob Wendell housekeeper, Kristen, is perfect for her job. She is extremely helpful in every way, and has the personality of your best friend. If you don't fall in love with Kristen, there is something wrong with you...not her.

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Liked best: Convenient location & privacy of having the entire house
Liked least: Sorry, nothing comes to mind
Travelling group: Extended Family
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unionmed
michigan
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Anniversary / Family Celebration”
Reviewed August 15, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
3
people found this review helpful

We spent ten days / nine nights at this wonderful home. Our whole family celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. At different times during the week we had up to ten people counting the young children staying there. We had a full kitchen with everything you can imagine as far as utensils and supplies and if they didn't have it they got it for you. Kristen and her staff were wonderful! Having the four bedrooms each with its own bath was very nice. There was a washer & dryer which we used more than we thought. This is one of a few homes that rent by the day or week vs monthly.

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Liked best: Having the whole home to yourself
Liked least: The price was a bit steep
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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TripBuddy...
Grafton, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Clean and comfortable room, great service and incredible breakfast on the porch... all in a relaxing and historic B&B!”
Reviewed August 13, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
3
people found this review helpful

Kudos to innkeeper Kristen and her associates at the Jacob Wendell House for making our stay so truly relaxing and comfortable. My wife and I enjoyed the historic charm and comforts of the King Master Suite, and absolutely loved the breakfast that was delivered to our balcony porch each morning... what an incredible way to start the day! Also, when we were late to catch our ferry back to the mainland, Kristen and her staff made sure our luggage arrived at the dock just in time for boarding on schedule. If you desire a peaceful step back in time, without sacrificing comfort, the Jacob Wendell House is an incredible place to stay while touring the beauty of Mackinac Island.

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Liked best: friendly staff and delicious breakfast on the relaxing porch
Liked least: expensive rates and high taxes on Mackinac Island
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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